Authorities identify suspected gunman wanted for shooting 2 Newark police officers
Law enforcement officials have identified the suspected gunman accused of shooting two Newark police officers Tuesday afternoon.
The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Kendell Howard, of East Orange. He remains on the loose.
The shooting happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday near Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue in the Weequahic section of Newark. Witnesses tell News 12 New Jersey that they heard about a dozen gunshots and saw the injured officers when they ran outside.
A resident called the police to report that they recognized Howard from a wanted poster from a previous crime. When officers arrived, they encountered Howard, who allegedly started shooting at the officers.
One of the officers was shot in the face, and the bullet lodged itself in the officer's shoulder. The other officer was shot in the leg. Both officers were taken to University Hospital for treatment and are expected to recover.
Police initially thought Howard was barricaded inside one of the apartment buildings near where the shooting occurred. SWAT team members went door-to-door but ultimately determined that Howard was no longer inside.
An active warrant is out for Howard’s arrest. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and weapons charges.